Sunday Bloody Sunday: ‘Sledding Death’ From ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night’ (1984)

Forget shooting your eye out with a BB gun…..what you really need to watch out for around Christmas time is an axe wielding killer Santa Claus who is out to decapitate you if you steal a sled from a group of kids.  Yeah, that’s much worse than damaging your cornea.  Welcome to another edition of Sunday Bloody Sunday, where I share some of my favorite death scenes from the world of horror – past and present.  And to get in on the Christmas spirit, this week I’m spotlighting the infamous sledding death scene from the controversial 1984 slasher:  Silent Night, Deadly Night.

Billy sure did have a hell of swing.  Slight disclosure – that clip is from the hilariously bad sequel Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2.  Considering that half of that movie contained flashbacks from the original, there’s not really a difference though.  So what do you take away from that clip?  Two things really.  First, it really warms my insides and makes me miss 80’s slasher flicks.  And two, sledding can be extremely dangerous if you don’t take the proper precautions.  Right, Chevy Chase?

Horror Movie Posters I Love: Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

Tis the season to break out your favorite Christmas-themed horror movies! And one that should be on the top of your list is the controversial 1984 slasher, Silent Night, Deadly Night.  But as much as I would love to talk about the actual movie and discuss Linnea Quigley’s super awesome nude ‘antlers through the chest’ death scene, we’re talking posters here and the poster for Silent Night, Deadly Night is a cheesy gem.

Obviously playing off of the whole holiday horror theme, thanks largely in part to Halloween, this poster to me captures everything that was great about 80’s horror movies.  Being that the movie caused a huge uproar, the poster alone was controversial considering what a beloved figure that Santa Claus is supposed to be.  He’s supposed to be jolly and when he laughs he’s supposed to shake like a bowl full of jelly.  So, here we have him holding an axe with blood dripping font in the movie title for the movie poster.  Not exactly family friendly, but therein lies the appeal to me.

This is the epitome of a perfect poster for a not-so-perfect movie though. Gotta love that ‘He knows when you’ve been naughty‘ tagline too!  And being that this is a personal favorite of mine, I’ll be spotlighting more from it in the weeks to come before the big day of December 25th.  To yuletide you over for now, enjoy the poster and this lovely drawing below that Billy did while in Catholic school.  Just precious.